You actually got a new clip. That type is only a few weeks old. I actually liked the old clip, too, but it was notorious for falling off when you bent over. The old one was curvier.
FYI, use butter knife to stretch the thin plastic surrounding the button cover on the case. Will make it a lot easier to press the button.
And yes, the only way to look a BG with the pump is to enter it in the bolus wizard, then cancel the bolus, if you don’t want it.
The pump really is optimized for using it with a CGM. There’s no easier way to access those manually entered numbers for you yet, other than scrolling the history. T:connect did exist as a desktop computer application, before they launched the app, though. It only takes a few moments to upload your data, once you have the software installed. Have you tried connecting the pump to the computer yet? There’s actually let’s of nice data displays available there. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with your Tandem Portal anyway, because that’s where you’ll need to go for software updates, too.
https://portal.tandemdiabetes.com/ (you may actually have a different email address in your country, I honestly don’t know.)
I’m afraid your easiest option would probably be a third party app designed for tracking BG data, though.
Tandem does actually issue a few software updates that aren’t announced at all. They only make a big deal out of major new features. There’s exists one for me now, currently running v7.3.1 (first commercial release of Control-IQ) and updatable to v7.4. I called customer support to see what the changes were, and turns out it’s nothing I’m interested in. All they did was reorganize the menu layout a bit and change words on confirmation screens to be more universally recognized “x” and “✓”. So, I’ll ignore that update until a bigger one I want comes along.
And no, you don’t need to register for a mailing list. I believe they have your email already, if not, they will once you register your portal account. You’ll occasionally receive communications from them, usually skiing for product feedback, sometimes announcing exciting news (updates) or inviting you to participate in clinical research.
There is an exercise feature coming to you when you get the Control-IQ update, but not yet on your software version.
Yes, the pumps come to you with a screen protector already installed. You don’t have to buy one.
One more be FYI, make sure you do install at least the big updates, even if you don’t want to use the CGM integration. There are other smaller things in the background that are important. For instance, the ability to connect the pump to your phone came slipped in the latest software updates of Basal-IQ and Control-IQ (though I’m guessing the app itself hasn’t been approved in Australia yet.). I know there was at least one bug fix to prevent occlusion alarms along the way, too, that was slipped into a major update without mention.